Time Attack Battle: Honda S2000 vs. Civic Type R FK2
How do the two sides of Honda stack up against each other in just one lap?
in the left corner is the best example of a naturally-aspirated Honda. The S2000 is a light, rear-wheel drive, analog roadster that has a screaming 9,000RPM F20C VTEC engine. To the right is the European-spec FK2 Honda Civic Type R is a technological powerhouse. It has a turbocharged K20C engine with more power and crucially, a ton more torque than the NA motor. This front-wheel drive hyper hatch is absolutely digital in comparison, with adaptive steering, suspension and multiple performance modes.
Things are made especially interesting as this one lap time attack happens around the Magny Cours Formula One track in France. As an F1 circuit, it’s a long, and fast track: the perfect arena to get both cars up to some serious speeds. Both drivers seem very competent. While the S2000 can be a handful to drive, our man seems to have things under control. There is some sawing at the wheel, but overall it’s a tidy lap. However, the big surprise is how smooth the CTR covers the track. Smooth steering inputs and with the exception of some torque steer coming out of corners, it’s almost drama-free. So, who do you think is going to take the “W” in this little time attack battle?